Man injured trying to protect Cocker Spaniel from a fatal dog attack

A large dog sank its teeth into a man’s arm as he desperately tried to protect his own pet from being killed.

Pete Bartlett has been left with horrific injuries for trying to shield Desmond, his Cocker Spaniel, from the attack.

He and his wife Jane had been out walking their two dogs in Doncaster on Monday evening when a man said to them: ‘Have you got a dog? Pick it up now.’

‘The next thing I know this dog came hurtling through and grabbed my little dog off the floor,’ Pete said.

It sank its teeth into his arm first, as he had been bending down trying to pick up Desmond, who was on a lead.

He added: ‘This dog was throwing my dog around like a rag doll. I’m a big guy and that dog threw me around like a rag doll as well.’

Mr Bartlett described it as ‘like a staffy on stilts’ as it was such a large dog.

The couple, from Conisbrough, both had to go to A&E after it also attacked Jane as she protected their other dog, Bramble.

Pete needed to spend two and a half hours in surgery for repairs to his arm.

He added: ‘Police and ambulance turned up, but unfortunately I got a phone call while I was in the hospital to say my dog wasn’t going to make it.

‘The dog had ripped his throat out so my little Desmond has passed away.’

Desmond was 14 but ‘full of beans’, Mr Bartlett said.

‘He was my little best mate, he’d follow me to the end of the earth. Now, I’m left with a scar for life, broken fingers, lacerations but because of the sheer trauma of it really, we just want justice.

‘But I feel sorry for the dog that attacked us as I’m a dog lover, I love animals and I hate to think that a dog would need to be terminated because people can’t keep it under control.’

South Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after a couple were attacked by a dog in Hill Top Field, Conisbrough.

‘It is reported that on Monday 7 September at around 9:45pm the couple were walking their dog in the field when a second dog approached and attacked them.

‘The dog that attacked them is reported to have been a large brindle ‘staffy’ type breed. Its reported owner is described as a tall, skinny woman with dark hair tied in a ponytail. She is believed to have been wearing a black puffer jacket.’

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